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Thurs am Update: Shane Long Injury Doubt; Clane Into 4th Successive Minor Final

: 10/11/2018 - 07:49

Shane Long is a major doubt for the Republic of Ireland's Nations League clash with Denmark on Saturday.

The Southampton striker is still nursing an ankle injury and won't train until tomorrow.

It could leave Martin O'Neill with a selection headache as the other four strikers in the squad have just six caps and one goal between them.

Aston Villa's Scott Hogan is among the forwards in contention to start against the Danes and he's ready to make an impression.
 

Wales star Gareth Bale's chances of playing against Ireland next Tuesday are now rated '50/50'.

The Real Madrid forward will sit out tonight's friendly against Spain.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Las Vegas-based lawyer says an encounter with a woman - who is accusing the Juventus forward of rape - was consensual.

Peter Christiansen was responding to a civil case filed by the woman, which relates to the alleged incident in 2009.

Christiansen suggests that significant portions of the settlement papers were altered and / or completely fabricated.

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Dean Smith is the new manager at Aston Villa.

He leaves Brentford after nearly three-years in charge of the Griffin Park club.

Smith's assistant at Villa Park will be former Chelsea and Aston Villa captain John Terry.

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The Republic of Ireland under-21s need a win this afternoon to keep alive their hopes of European Championship qualification.

Noel King's side need to beat Israel in Akko if they're to go into their final match with a prospect of overhauling Norway in the playoff spot.

Kick off this afternoon is at 3.

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Niamh Coyne has won Ireland's first medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

The Dubliner claimed silver in the women's 100-metre breaststroke.

Having led for most of the race, Mona McSharry missed out on bronze by just 2-hundredths of a second.

There was quarter final disappointment for Dubliner Nhat Nguyen in the badminton last night.

Despite taking the first game, he lost 2 sets to 1 to the fifth seed, Shifeng Li of China.

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Paul Dunne will begin the defence of his British Masters title this morning in the company of a potential new world number 1.

The Greystones golfer is grouped with Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick for the opening two rounds at Walton Heath.

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood will be partnered by fellow Team Europe winner Thorbjorn Olesen.

It's a case of Ryder Cup captains past and potentially future, with Thomas Bjorn playing alongside two of his vice-captains in Paris - Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood.

Shane Lowry is among the later starters, and will go out at lunchtime.

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In the Manguard Plus Minor A championship semi final last night, Clane beat Eadestown by 0-13 to 1-2.

It will be Clane’s 4th consecutive appearance in the final; where they will play Naas on Sunday, October 21st.

Moorefield and Athy will meet in the senior final also on that day.

 

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